C.J. Hicks Elementary recently named its Fabulous Falcons Students of the Month of December. They are Josslyn Walls, Neriah Turner, Zymirra Smith, Orlandriyah Patrick, Candy Ochoa, Anaya Jackson, Janazia McDonald, Jacqueline Munguia, Jaila Davis, Jaylan Ampey, Janine Herrera, Danielle Carnegie, Tatiana McCollum, Autumn Jeffries, Divyesh Moore, Kemon Jones, Anderson Cruz, Deven Casseus, Alyssa Dominguez, Mariam Dera, Olawasbusola Edwards, Denim Reed, Lezia Smith, James Jacobo-Aduata, Maria Mullen, Alyson Rosado, Caitlyn Wilson, Kiaishia Moss, Jahri Allah, Destiny Carnegie, Sheena Larry, Kelton Benton , Destiny Bailey-Hall, Jada Andrews, Rhaia Jackson, Breana Williams, Oluwatobi Edward, William Carmona and Skylar Howard. These students were chosen as students who exhibit the trait of being caring.
ATLANTA — A state senator from Roswell introduced a resolution Wednesday that would call for a state referendum that, if passed, would create Georgia’s 160th county.
Sen. John Albers, R- Roswell, introduced Senate Resolution 273, which would propose an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that would allow the re-creation of Milton County from a portion of Fulton County.
“I am working diligently with my counterparts to re-create Milton County,” Albers said. “Many years ago, Fulton County was three separate counties that merged during the Great Depression. Much has changed since the 1930s and the time is right for Milton County to rise again and provide responsible and accountable county government.”
The Georgia Constitution caps the number of counties at 159, which means an amendment is required to merge, consolidate or divide local governments. SR 273 would have to be passed by a supermajority of legislators before going to the state’s voters for approval. The amendment would make former counties, such as Milton, exempt from the constitutional limit.
According to GeorgiaEncyclopedia.com, Milton, named for John Milton, Georgia’s first secretary of state, was formed in 1857 from parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Cobb counties and its economy was based on cotton production. When boll weevils decimated that production in the 1910s-20s and the Great Depression hit, the county became destitute and was absorbed into Fulton County in 1932. Fulton also absorbed Campbell County to its south.
“The enormity of Fulton County government, which is larger than six U.S. states, has resulted in ineffective and inefficient service delivery,” Albers said. “The creation of a smaller government will be more accountable to the residents and the remaining areas. North Fulton and South Fulton schools are also geographically split by a fragile Atlanta school system. Our students deserve better.”
SR 273 was awaiting a committee assignment.